Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i
2020 BMW X7 Review
- Strong engine performance
- Smooth ride quality
- Impeccable interior
- Expensive for the class
- Climate controls can be confusing to use
- Some systems don't behave as you'd expect
- A higher-performing X7 M50i model joins the lineup
- A minor shuffling of standard and optional features
- Part of the first X7 generation introduced for 2019
BMW introduced the X7 just last year. It's the company's biggest SUV, and it provides high levels of refinement, performance and technology. It can also seat seven passengers. You can say the same thing about the smaller BMW X5, but the X7's third-row seat is roomier, making it a more comfortable and viable vehicle if you're frequently taking along a lot of passengers.
The 2020 BMW X7 adds a bit more interest with the introduction of a new range-topping M50i model. It takes the existing V8 engine from the xDrive50i and enhances it to produce a rather stout 523 horsepower. It's enticing, for sure, but we contend that the base 335-hp six-cylinder engine in the xDrive40i is more than enough for the average driver.
We give the X7 high marks for overall comfort, performance and interior quality. It also has well-tuned advanced driver safety aids that alleviate some of the burden of driving. On the downside, it can be rather expensive compared to other luxury SUVs, and some of its controls take getting used to. As such, you might prefer the new Mercedes-Benz GLS — it earns slightly higher scores in Edmunds' expert rankings — but overall these two big luxury SUVs are pretty evenly matched.
When you're going straight, the steering provides good on-center feel. It's a bit inconsistent in turns, though. It can be too quick and the level of power assist can be too high for the size and nature of this vehicle. Other times it can feel resistant to turning. Once you're going around a bend, the X7 is thoroughly stable and composed.
Inside the cabin, the wide front seatbacks can accommodate a variety of body types. We also like the low levels of wind and road noise. We're less fond of the climate control system. Even when you select the auto setting, you often need to make additional adjustments to the fan intensity and temperature of the dash panel vents. What's the point of auto? You have to continually fiddle with the controls to maintain comfort.
Operating the controls is a mixed bag. Most buttons are easy to find. Gesture controls are an easily ignorable gimmick, but other parts are baffling. For example, sometimes the stereo turns off when you open the door to exit. Other times it waits until you've exited and locked the door.
In the right circumstances, such as stop-and-go traffic, the X7's adaptive cruise control system controls speed and steering without driver input, only asking that you keep your eyes on the road (verified with a driver-facing camera).
Power-adjusting and -folding second and third rows are slow but easy to operate. They also provide neat features such as max cargo and passenger buttons that arrange the seats accordingly. When equipped with the optional tow hook, the X7 can tow 7,500 pounds, which is about average among three-row SUVs of this size.
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2020 BMW X7 models
The 2020 BMW X7 is a seven-passenger, three-row SUV that is available in three trim levels: xDrive40i, xDrive50i and the new M50i. The xDrive40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder (335 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque). It's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The xDrive50i receives a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 (456 hp, 479 lb-ft), while the M50i squeezes out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft from that same engine.
Standard xDrive40i features include 21-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a power dual-section tailgate, a panoramic sunroof and a self-leveling air-ride suspension.
Inside, you also get four-zone automatic climate control, remote vehicle monitoring and control via a smartphone app, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, simulated leather upholstery (SensaTec), heated front seats, 40/20/40-split folding second-row seats, and 50/50-split folding third-row seats.
Standard technology features for the X7 include a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a wireless charging pad and a 10-speaker sound system. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are also included.
To this, you can add the Parking Assistance package (a surround-view camera system, an automated parking system and a video/data recorder).
The xDrive50i trim includes all of the above and adds leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, soft-close doors, a surround-view camera, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. Opting for the new M50i gets you 22-inch wheels, dark exterior trim, a sport exhaust, an adaptive sport suspension, a sport differential, launch control and sport brakes.
Most of the X7's options are bundled in packages. The major ones you'll want to consider are the Premium, Cold Weather and Driving Assistance Professional packages. Other notable stand-alone add-ons include 22-inch wheels, running boards, an upgraded trailer hitch, second-row captain's chairs, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the X7 models:
- Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
- Warns if a frontal collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its marked lanes.
- Active Blind-Spot Detection
- Alerts you with in-mirror lights when a vehicle is in a blind spot, followed by steering wheel vibration if you attempt to change lanes.
2020 BMW X7 First Impressions
2020 BMW X7 M50i First Look
When Too Much Isn't Enough
Have you ever looked at your partner, four children and dog and thought, "What we really need in our next SUV is a 500-horsepower V8"? If so, BMW has an ultimate Sturm und Drang-ing machine to sell you. It's called the 2020 BMW X7 M50i, and although it starts with the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the more sedate xDrive50i trim, it bumps the output to levels guaranteed to silence sibling arguments. Peace isn't cheap — the X7 M50i starts just north of $100,000 — but the power it places in the hands of the driver is priceless.
Now With Whiplash for Seven!
There's no doubt that the xDrive50i has enough grunt to get out of its own way. No matter how many friends, family, pets, or crates of gold bullion you load it with, its 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque guarantee effortless launches and formidable acceleration.
But as befits a BMW adorned by numerous M badges, the M50i is stronger still. There's 523 hp on tap along with 553 lb-ft of torque — increases of 67 hp and 74 lb-ft, respectively, compared to the xDrive50i. BMW says that's good for a sprint to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, besting its lesser sibling by a healthy 0.7 second. Should you decide to ship your X7 M50i to Germany for some exercise on the autobahn, know that the standard all-season tires come with a 130-mph speed limiter, while the optional summer performance tires raise the ceiling to 155 mph.
In Between Stoplight Races
If outrunning the local constabulary isn't your cup of tea, you might still be interested in the X7 M50i's other performance enhancements. Bumping power output requires more engine cooling, so the front bumper has been redesigned with larger air openings, which have the secondary benefit of giving this crossover a more aggressive look. The upgraded brakes and sport-tuned, electronically controlled rear differential from the xDrive50i's Dynamic Handling package are both standard on the M50i for better control near the limit. There are also a handful of tweaks to transmission behavior and suspension components to provide a sportier driving experience.
BMW has given some love to the cabin, as well. M badges have been liberally distributed, and you'll also find illuminated doorsill plates, front sport seats, upgraded leather upholstery and a faux suede headliner.
BMW X7 M50i Pricing and Release Date
The 2020 BMW X7 M50i will enter production in August 2019 and should start appearing at BMW dealerships a couple of months after that. Pricing starts at $100,595, including destination charges.
The M50i will set you back quite a bit, but it's actually only slightly more expensive than the xDrive50i with the M Sport package. We look forward to putting an X7 M50i through its paces to determine if it's worth the extra bucks.
Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i Overview
The Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i is offered in the following styles: M50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). The Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i trim styles:
- The Used 2020 BMW X7 M50i M50i is priced between $94,990 and$94,990 with odometer readings between 22113 and22113 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW X7?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.